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WJ urges gov’t to submit main outlines of Peace Talks

(Last Updated On: January 12, 2016)

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A number of Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members called on government to prepare and transparently sent the main outlines of Peace Talks process and security strategy to Parliament.

They evaluated the quartet meeting of Afghanistan peace positive and considered it in interest of the country.

A key gathering opened on Monday in Islamabad in which four countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States — hope to lay the roadmap to peace for the war-shattered Afghan nation.

The meeting comes as Afghanistan’s battlefield losses are mounting and entire swaths of the country that cost hundreds of U.S.-led coalition and Afghan military lives to secure slip back into Taliban hands. Taliban representatives have not been invited to the talks, vowing to talk only to the U.S. and not to the government in Kabul.

As the gathering got under way, host Pakistan — seen as key to bringing the warring Taliban factions to the table — cautioned of the difficulties ahead.

“The government is obliged to prepare the security strategy and outlines of peace talks transparently and with the support of parliament and people start the Peace Negotiation process and takes serious measure for security threats,” said Qayoum Sajadi, representative of Ghazni.

Representative of Badakhshan, Zakaria Sawda has also said, “Pakistan has stated that they will announce the list of Taliban who will participate in peace talks. It means Pakistan has a great influence on Taliban.”

Meanwhile, other representatives in Parliament considered the quartet meeting valuable and demand the next summit to be held in Kabul.

“Peace is a need for Afghanistan and the regional countries. We hope these summits will have good results,” said Muhammad Nazir Ahmad Zai, second deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga.

Sayed Ali Kazemi, representative of Kabul said, “We hope these meetings will be a spark for the begining of Peace Talks.”

The first round of face-to-face talks between Taliban and the Afghan government was held in Pakistan in July but the second round was cancelled after the death of the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, was revealed.

Amidst the recent efforts for the revival of the peace dialogue, the Taliban insurgents have recently intensified their activities, triggering heavy clashes between Afghan security forces and the militants in parts of the country, especially in the southern provinces, the former Taliban’s hotbed.






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